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United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. In March of each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. This year the 60th Annual Washington Week will take place March 5 – 12, 2022, with current planning for a timely national selection process and an in-person program in Washington, D.C., pending public health and safety guidelines for travel and indoor gatherings. Please check the USSYP website for updates.

The mission of the United States Senate Youth Program is to provide a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state or national level. 

The 104 student delegates also receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship to the college or university of their choice with encouragement to continue coursework in government and history. The Hearst Foundation has fully funded the USSYP since its inception, including transportation, accommodations, meals and individual college scholarships – no government funds are ever utilized.

Selection Process

Qualified high school junior or seniors must show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing or previously represented a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school and living in New Hampshire for the entire 2021 – 2022 academic year.  All student leadership positions are subject to the judgement and verification of the state selection administrators. 

Selection will be based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office for the entire 2021-2022 school year. The primary purposes of the qualifying leadership position must be representation of a constituency and service to others.  A student who graduates high school at the close of the fall semester / quarter is not eligible to apply for the program, and students other than DoDEA delegates must be residing in New Hampshire during the entire 2021-2022 academic year to participate.

Application Process

In New Hampshire each high school principal may nominate one eligible student for the United States Senate Youth Program. The nomination form should be accurately completed and signed by both the student and nominating principal and returned to the NH Department of Education no later than Monday, October 18, 2021. 

Please visit the USSYP Website for more detailed information regarding the program. 

The 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Matt Flanagan, a senior at Bedford High School, has served as a four year Class president and has an impressive academic record. As a junior, he elected to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. He is a member of the Student Council and Community Senate, is the captain of both the varsity soccer and track teams, and is a member of several Honor Societies. Matt is very proud of bringing a chapter of Best Buddies to his school. He started this club, which promotes inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, because he is inspired by his uncle with Down syndrome. He hopes to attend the United States Military Academy and study economics and political science.
  • Neil Kachappilly, a senior at Nashua High School South, serves as the vice president of the Senior Class, his fourth consecutive year in the role. A Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalist, National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, and the winner of multiple app challenges, he has built a formidable resumé showcasing his technical prowess, leadership qualities, and determination to improve the community. His family lived in India for three years where his experiences strengthened his resolve to maximize his talents and use them to make a difference. Now, he is on a mission to increase his understanding of the world while identifying issues and developing solutions. He is especially proud of his role on the Board of Directors for Meals Matter, a student-led nonprofit focused on reducing student food insecurity. Neil plans to pursue his passion for computer science in college, hoping to make an even bigger impact on the world in the future.

The 58th annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • George Eid, a senior at Nashua High School South, serves as a student representative on the Nashua School Board. He is president of the Student Senate, National Honor Society, Teenage Republicans Club, French Honor Society, and Social Studies Honor Society. He is currently ranked #1 in the senior class and is a National AP Scholar, on track to complete 14 AP courses by graduation. He is also active in soccer, tennis, and ski club.
  • Sawyer Rogers, a senior at Exeter High School, serves as a representative on his school's Student Body. He is a leader among his peers and within his community. Sawyer has served as class president all four years and has been an executive board member of the Exeter High School Student Senate for the past two years. Sawyer is an Eagle Scout and has been recognized as the New Hampshire Eagle Scout of the Year by the Sons of the American Revolution and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Currently enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School Early College Program through Southern New Hampshire University, Sawyer is on track to receive an associate degree this spring.

The 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Sahith Kaki, a senior at Nashua High School South, serves as the vice president of the New Hampshire Technology Student Association and has been a member of the Nashua High School South Student Senate. . He is passionate about his community and volunteers for several groups including the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Shishu Bharati, and VTSeva. He is heavily involved because he enjoys it, wants to make a difference and loves to learn. His list of accomplishments is long but he does this not to fill his resume but for all the right reasons. His leadership and volunteer work make him a strong member of not only the school community but the greater Nashua community. He is hoping to pursue a double major in biomedical engineering and economics in college.
  • Ian McCabe, a senior at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, serves as the president of the Student Council and is a respected leader of his class and in the school. He holds many positions including school board student representative where he has the opportunity to hear many different issues and take this information back to the student body for discussion. Ian has put his passion for politics and government into practice by interning for Senator Guida. He is an amazing young man with a dedication to his commitments, a focus on his future and an unwavering strength of character. He plans to attend a university preferable Washington where he wants to double major in history and political science.

The 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Meera Kurup attends Bishop Guertin High School and serves as the New Hampshire Technology Student Association treasurer and chapter president. She is a National Center for Women & Information Technology Program Leader in NH. She is also the founder of Code IT Girls in southern NH whose mission is to get more girls interested in coding and technology. She possess a diverse technology-oriented resume including numerous programs to prepare herself for career coupled with a variety of service oriented and leadership activities. She is a proven leader, an outstanding student and an individual who possesses tremendous technical and entrepreneurial experience. She plans to study business or science to prepare for some type of community service/senior living work.
  • Cameron "Cam" Magner attends Timberlane Regional High School and serves as the president of the Student Council, president of Youth and Government, and the Model United Nations delegate director at Timberlane. Additionally he serves on the NH Association of Student Councils executive board. Cam is an excellent student and his ability to stay on top of his game academically and juggle his co-curricular interests and commitments is uncanny. He has a true passion for government and is focused on making a difference. He is full of ideas, well organized and eager to serve. He plans to study international relations in college.

The 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Marion Lovett attends Stevens High School in Claremont. She is the president of the Student Athletic Association. She works countless hours for her community. For the past three years she has been the team leader in a fundraising event for the victim of sexual/domestic abuse. In elementary school she organized a fun run to raise money for the people of Haiti and to pay the funeral expenses for a local family. She comes from a civic minded family which has imbued in her an appreciation of government and citizenship. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree she is interested in a position that will enable her to give back.
  • Dennis Ruprecht attends Woodsville High School. He has been a member of the Student Council since 2013. He is also active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and serves as the President of the Woodsville Chapter and acting president of the NH FBLA. Denny is interested in environmental issues. He helped to make the school cafeteria greener by using reusable trays and silverware and he provided people in the community with recycle bins that he picked up himself. He plans to study political science at George Washington University or Saint Michael's College and would like to join the Peace Corps after receiving his degree.

The 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Diab (Dody) Eid attends Nashua High School South and serves as the vice president of the Student Senate and as the South student representative to the School Board. Dody founded the History Bowl team at Nashua High School South and won the state tournament in 2014 and 2015. He is most proud of his opportunity to represent New Hampshire at American Legion Boys Nation in 2015. Dody would like to attend either Yale, Harvard or Georgetown and study economics and political science.
  • Jacob Marcus attends Merrimack High School and serves as the student representative to the School Board and a representative to the Student Congress. He founded the Young Politicians Club this year and became active in the community by serving as Merrimack’s community organizer for a presidential candidate. He is proud of his involvement in band, having participated since fifth grade, and for which he serves as the current president. He would like to study political science and economics during his undergraduate education, and plans to attend a liberal arts school in the coming years.

The 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Devin McMahon is a senior at Pinkerton Academy who serves as the Student Council president and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) community service coordinator. She is also the Student Council district vice president, a board member on the State Student Council, and has founded a nonprofit called Your Eyes Wide Open which supports education in developing countries. In just the first year of this organization she raised enough money to sponsor eight children in Ethiopia for a year. Last summer Devin took part in an international entrepreneurship competition based in Boston, where she and her team won first place.
  • Jessie Osgood attends John Stark Regional High School and serves as a student representative to the School Board. She has been a Model United Nations Leadership Team member since entering high school. Jessie has strong academic credentials, a commitment to civic action, and proven leadership qualities. She plans to attend a four year college majoring in Liberal Arts so she can “try everything.”.

The 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Jesse Austin is a junior at Newfound Regional High School and serves as his class president and Student Council secretary. He participates in track, cross country, and recreational archery. He is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as the clerk of the International Thespian Society. In addition, he is involved in other various school and community organizations, such as the Student/Staff Senate and S.A.L.T. Ministries. He plans to major in political science.
  • Leah Stagnone attends Campbell High School and serves on the Student Council and is also a School Board representative. She has served on the Student Council for four years and Leah embraces the school’s core values of Responsibility, Respect, Courage and Character, and has been successful in bringing change and overcoming resistance with influential leadership. She is a dedicated student who excels academically and athletically. She would like to attend Dartmouth or Georgetown and study international relations.

The 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • John Parsons attends Oyster River High School, where he serves as the student representative to the School Board. He was also elected vice president of the Class of 2013. His interests range from technology to politics. An avid golfer, John aspires to hold public office one day, giving voice to the people he represents as he currently does in high school. In the near future, John plans to major in computer science with a minor in political science or business.
  • Allison Thompson attends Nashua High School South where she has been a class officer for all four years. She was also the student representative on the School Futures Committee studying scheduling, graduation, and community service requirements. While balancing her extracurricular and athletic expectations she helped guide the committee. She is a highly respected member of the student body, highly regarded by the faculty and administration, and strives to be an outstanding citizen. Allison will be attending Wellesley College in the fall of 2013.

The 50th Annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Ashley Chen is a senior at Nashua High School South. She is involved in activities in and around the school community. As a highly-involved Senator since her freshman year, she has effectively risen to the leadership role of President. In addition, she currently serves as the Vice President of the Science Honor Society as well at captaining the Tennis Team. Ashley has also served in a leadership capacity for the Finance Club and National Honor Society. She has been accepted to Harvard where she plans to major in either Economics or Computer Science.
  • Matthew Sanborn is a senior at Plymouth Regional High School. He has actively served as President of his class for two years. He has also been an active member of Student Government for three years, President of the National Honor Society, and a student representative for the School Board. Matt is captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. He hopes to attend the US Naval Academy in Maryland majoring in political science and international studies.